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May 2013

May 28, 2013

AAR Honors Bernardo Bertolucci at 2013 McKim Medal Gala

On Monday 27 May 2013, the American Academy in Rome celebrated internationally renowned director and screenwriter, Maestro Bernardo Bertolucci, awarding him the McKim Medal in honor of his significant accomplishments and contributions to cinema throughout his career.

May 21, 2013

Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney Reads His Poetry in the Cortile

An enthusiastic crowd gathered last Thursday in the cortile of the American Academy in Rome to hear Irish Nobel Laureate and William B. Hart Poet-in-Residence Seamus Heaney read a selection of poems illuminating the wide span of his distinguished career.

May 21, 2013

Jill Lepore Offers Historic Perspective on the Second Amendment

Last Tuesday evening at the Villa Aurelia, American Academy in Rome Director Christopher S. Celenza, FAAR’94, sat down with Harvard University Professor Jill Lepore and an international audience to consider “Arms in America: Gun Violence in the United States in Global Perspective” for the seventh installment of the Academy’s series of Conversations That Matter.

May 21, 2013

Christia Mercer Presently Works on Platonisms in Early Modern Thought

Christia Mercer is an American Academy in Rome Scholar in Residence and the Gustave M. Berne Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University.

May 17, 2013

Ovid Transformed: The Poet and the Metamorphoses

Last Thursday and Friday evenings saw the unfolding of a series of readings, conversations and exchanges among scholars and writers of various disciplines who share a common interest in the Roman poet Ovid.

May 15, 2013

Stone From Delphi Exhibition Opens at AAR Gallery

Wednesday evening saw the opening of AAR Gallery’s new exhibition, Stone From Delphi, which features 35 watercolors by American artist and AAR Arts Advisor Wendy Artin and poems by Irish Nobel Laureate and William B. Hart Poet-in-Residence Seamus Heaney.

May 08, 2013

Jessica Fisher Writes Poetry Influenced by the Vagaries of Experience and By Serendipitous Encounters

Jessica Fisher is the winner of the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize in Literature, a gift of the Drue Heinz Trust/American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Holloway Postdoctoral Fellow in Poetry and Poetics at the University of California, Berkeley.

May 06, 2013

Steven Ellis Looks at the History of the Roman Retail Industry in Pompeii

Steven J.R. Ellis is the winner of the National Endowment for the Humanities/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Post-Doctoral Rome Prize in Ancient Studies and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics at the University of Cincinnati

May 06, 2013

Michael Allen Finds Ancient Myth and Magic in the Quattrocento

Michael J.B. Allen studied at Wadham College Oxford and the University of Michigan before joining the faculty of the University of California, Los Angeles.

May 01, 2013

Nari Ward is Interested in the Arte Povera Movement and Artists That Use Quotidian Materials

Nari Ward is the winner of the Chuck Close Rome Prize in Visual Arts and an Artist in New York City.

April 2013

April 29, 2013

Elizabeth Schulte is Focused on the Technical Aspects of Printmaking and Papermaking

Elizabeth Kaiser Schulte is the winner of the Booth Family Rome Prize in Historic Preservation and Conservation and the Owner/Chief Conservator of Elizabeth Kaiser Schulte Conservation of Art and Historic Artifacts on Paper in Atlanta, GA.

April 29, 2013

Bruce Babbitt Searches for Meaning in the Aurelian Wall

Bruce Babbitt is the James Marston Fitch Historic Preservationist in Residence at the American Academy in Rome and a planning consultant in Washington, DC.

April 25, 2013

Camille Mathieu Investigates the Interdisciplinary Work of French Painters in Napoleonic Rome

Camille S. Mathieu is the winner of the Donald and Maria Cox/Samuel H. Kress Foundation Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize (Year Two of a Two-Year Fellowship) in Modern Italian Studies and Ph.D candidate in and Department of the History of Art, University of California, Berkeley.

April 20, 2013

A Lecture by Barry Strauss on Spartacus: The Man, the Myth, the Legacy

Wednesday evening’s lecture by Barry Strauss, RAAR’13, Professor of History and Classics at Cornell University, took place in the elegant Palazzo Mattei di Giove, which is home to the Centro Studi Americani.

April 20, 2013

Adele Chatfield-Taylor and Diller Scofidio + Renfro Honored at AAR’s Annual Tribute Dinner

The American Academy in Rome’s Annual Tribute Dinner took place at The Plaza Hotel in New York City on Wednesday, 17 April 2013.